Ponder the Path of Thy Feet
Have you ever taken a second to think about where your two feet take you every day? I’ve always loved the inspiring counsel found in Proverbs: “Ponder the path of thy feet.” There can be a lot to learn about discipleship as we consider the places we travel and the footsteps we follow.
I am a happy, striving but imperfect wife, mom, creative spirit, and fellow traveler (with you!) on this journey called life. As I ponder the path that my old, worn out Chuck Taylors embark on each day, I think of delivering forgotten lunches to the elementary school office, strolling my toddler through the neighborhood for a morning walk, busily running errands, working in my home, puttering around my yard and a few thousand ordinary steps in between.
Our path of discipleship is a journey comprised of small and simple, daily steps. Whether or not we are sporting high heels, cozy slippers, sneakers or snow boots, our experiences will be as varied as our footwear. We face individual paths, tailored to refine our souls and purify our hearts. We become disciples as we learn to feel, act, and be like Christ along the way. Our journey will be full of work and sacrifice. We will all meet peaks and valleys. At some point there will be hiking involved. We will experience beautiful stretches of skipping and dancing, and occasionally we’ll find ourselves timidly tiptoeing around scary turns. Inevitably, we will have days where we are stopped dead in our tracks, not sure where in the world to go next. But one step at a time, one foot in front of the other, we travel.
The most joyful news I know of, is that we are not without help in our wandering. We have a Savior who has already traveled, suffered and crossed the finish line. He has walked in our shoes, marked the path and led the way. His footsteps are our perfect guide. They are that of charity, forgiveness, kindness, patience, meekness and love. He has invited us to simply, “Come follow me.” He knows that we will stumble, but restarts and baby steps are mercifully accepted and made possible through Him.
Jesus Christ can fill our steps of discipleship with hope. Our fears of unknown territory can be calmed as we trust that He will never mislead us. As we ponder the path of His feet, we can receive a desire to follow. We never need to walk alone.
Jeffery Holland said this on the topic of Christian Discipleship:
“It is a strait path, and it is a narrow path without a great deal of latitude at some points, but it can be thrillingly and successfully traveled, 'with… steadfastness in Christ,…a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.' (2 Nephi 31:20) In courageously pursuing such a course, you will forge unshakable faith, you will find safety against ill winds that blow, even shafts in the whirlwind, and you will feel the rock-like strength of our Redeemer, upon whom if you build your unflagging discipleship, you cannot fall.” (Helaman 5:12)
Angie lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and 3 girls. It is the little things in life that make her heart happy. Planting flowers, creative journaling, and family nights are her favorite things. She feels her Savior's love the most when she is expressing sincere gratitude. Discovering and acknowledging His hand in all the details brings her true joy.